Director of Operations Appointed to Staff


Monday, March 20th, 2017

Douglas R. Fletcher will be appointed Director of Operations beginning fall 2017.  Fletcher will organize and implement activities associated with Purdue Band Day, Purdue Jazz Festival, the Indianapolis 500, Leath Scholarship auditions, and the Partners in Music Education program.  He will also oversee and maintain the departmental rehearsal and performance calendar.

Before being appointed Director of Operations, Fletcher served as Visiting Instructor during the 2016-2017 academic year for Purdue Bands & Orchestras.

Fletcher’s public teaching career includes directorships at Monroe-Central Jr. /Sr. High School (1985-1992), Winchester Community High School (1992-1998), Highland High School (1998-2010), Anderson High School (2010-2011), and a second stint at Winchester Community High School (2011-2016).  His high school concert bands have performed at the IMEA State Convention on three occasions with ensembles from three different schools, twice at the ISSMA State Concert Band Finals with the Highland Wind Ensemble, and numerous times at ISSMA Organizational and IMEA Concert Band Festivals.

Fletcher’s successes as a high school marching band director include several appearances at the ISSMA Marching Band State Finals. His true niche and passion, however, has been with the historic Indiana State Fair Band Day contest. He is the only director to win the Indiana State Fair Band Day at four separate schools, and holds a record of thirteen wins for the most State Fair championships. His marching bands have performed in numerous major parades: the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C., and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Douglas Fletcher was named the 2008 IMEA Outstanding High School Music Educator, and was the recipient of the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster Award in 2010.  Fletcher holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from Ball State University.  He played trombone in the Anderson Symphony Orchestra for twenty years and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra for ten years. Doug has served as choir director/organist at various churches in Anderson, Muncie, and Winchester.  He also arranges music for marching bands, and frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator.  Doug also coordinated the IMEA Honor Band for several years, and has served on the IMEA Board of Directors.

Fletcher is also a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Indiana Music Educators Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu honorary fraternity for band directors, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Doug is married to Amy Fletcher, who teaches in the Greenfield-Central Schools.  The Fletchers are excited to be moving to West Lafayette with their two black labs, Bailey and Boaz.

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